Sporting Excellence Award
Winner: Craig Monaghan
Craig lost ten men from his company during the Afghanistan tour, which left him with a traumatic brain injury and two perforated ear drums. Attempting suicide three times, he hit rock bottom. Sport helped him recover – first be representing the UK in the Warrior Games, then receiving international honours for England in the Deaf Rugby Team. He has helped more than 120 veterans back in to sport with a programme he runs at Sale Sharks.
Sponsored by: Spectra Group
Award presented by: Rear Admiral Michael Bath
Craig Monaghan said: “To win this award is huge for me, it sums up a journey which is still on going. One which has lead me from Chicago to Bulgaria competing for England and Great Britain. They have been many people who have helped me along the way, almost too many to thank, so I will mention the pinnacle ones: Help for Heroes, Sport Recovery – they are a no brainer, I wouldn’t have found sport again if it wasn’t for them. Also England Rugby for the upmost support, and obviously my employers Sale Sharks who have been unreal in their support. Thank you everyone!”
Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra group said: “Spectra Group is proud to be supporting the 2019 Soldiering On Awards. Each year this event proves to be a great opportunity for us to give our thanks to the incredible people and businesses that are serving their country and the Armed Forces Community. Although I can only present the Sporting Excellence Award to one winner, it is without a doubt that all of this year’s finalists deserve our utmost respect and praise. We feel truly privileged to be able to hear their incredible stories and be a part of their celebrations.